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David Dominic De Lucchi Jr.

May 28, 1970January 10, 2021
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David Dominic De Lucchi, Jr. May 28, 1970 – January 10, 2021

Family and friends are mourning the sudden, unexpected passing of David Dominic De Lucchi, Jr. on January 10, 2021. Dave was the beloved and devoted husband of his high school sweetheart, Denise and adoring and extremely proud father of his son and “namesake” in every way, David Dominic III (Taylor Gidal) and his “one-and-only” daughter, Marina Rae. He was the cherished firstborn son of Dave Sr. and Kathy De Lucchi and admired older brother and esteemed mentor of Michael and Steven De Lucchi. Dave was the respected brother-in-law of Gina De Lucchi, Heather De Lucchi, Michelle Marinelli-Benson (David) and Joe Marinelli (Joanie). He was the adored uncle of Nicholas and Matthew De Lucchi; Steven Jr. and Lauren De Lucchi; Gaaret and Jorden Marinelli; Robby and Perry Persijn and the dear nephew of Gerry De Lucchi (Barbara Freitas), Janet Winderl (Martin), and Jim and Pat Haggerty. Dave was also the treasured Godfather of Shelby Smith, Gaaret Marinelli, Nicholas De Lucchi, Alex Casella, Emily Haggerty and Steven De Lucchi, Jr. Also grieving the loss of Dave are his loving uncles, aunts, and cousins along with countless - many lifelong - friends and his loyal companion, yellow lab, Gunner. Dave was predeceased by his grandparents, Albert & Rose De Lucchi and Robert & Teresa Lumsden, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Karen & Raymond Marinelli and aunts Elizabeth Lumsden and Barbara Conley. Dave was born in San Francisco on May 28, 1970 and spent most of his childhood and early adult years in Millbrae, where Dave and Kathy raised their family. As an avid duck hunter, Dave enjoyed a lifetime of hunting seasons at the family “Duck Club,” along with summers and school holidays at his Nonna’s home in Calistoga. While Dave was growing up, the De Lucchi family appreciated their strong connection with St. Dunstan Catholic Church and the Millbrae community. Dave attended Green Hills Elementary School, Taylor Middle School and Mills High School. During sophomore year at Mills, Dave met his high school sweetheart and forever love of his life, Denise Marinelli. Throughout his school years Dave participated in sports, playing football, and spending endless hours working out at the gym. Dave was also very civic minded and volunteered his service for the Millbrae Police Department with the Explorer program, donning full police uniform and riding along with officers learning and performing police duties. Dave was a fiercely loyal family man. Throughout the 35 years since first meeting, Dave and Denise matured, loved, created, experienced, and dreamed. They would often reminisce or discuss plans for the future while venturing on long drives, meandering through new areas, or driving down a well-known road. Dave’s love for Denise appeared destined from their first meeting; it was undeniable, indestructible, and everlasting. Dave and Denise were married in 1994 and soon thereafter moved from the Bay Area to Rocklin. Their family, along with Dave’s love and dreams, expanded further when they welcomed their son Dominic in 1998, followed by daughter Marina Rae in 2001. For Dave, family was EVERYTHING. His Italian heritage was the cornerstone for his strong convictions and powerful American pride. He understood the importance and revered the magnitude of the meaning of family. He was always in one of his happiest places during long bountiful dinners, with all the family around one table. For Dave, family dinners fortified the strong family bond. Dave undertook the significance of his role in the family seriously and embodied the sincerity of his convictions through his words, actions and deeds as Denise’s husband, Dominic and Marina’s father, Dave and Kathy’s son and Michael and Steven’s brother. Being Dominic and Marina’s “DAD” was an ultimate honor and a station in life Dave accepted proudly and wholeheartedly. From the moment they were born, Dave encouraged Dom and Marina to have a strong sense of self, inspired steadfast morals, instilled the importance of financial responsibility, and maintained and promoted family traditions. While Dave was Dom and Marina’s Dad first and foremost, he was also their mentor, their guide, their teacher, their friend, their confidante, their protector, and above all he loved them, and his wife Denise, unconditionally. Dave and Denise enjoyed raising their kids in Rocklin, where they met countless friends and where Dom and Marina attended Cobblestone Elementary, Granite Oaks Middle School and Rocklin High School. Dave was always actively involved with Dom and Marina’s sports teams and school events. He could often be found coaching or practicing baseball with Dom or softball with Marina and rarely, if ever, missed a game or supporting event whether near or far, including travel across California or other parts of the United States. Family vacations included many fun-filled trips to Disneyland, Santa Cruz, Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, a cruise to Alaska and last February, Dave and Denise stamped their passports for the first time with a trip to Australia. Family adventures frequently included multiple families vacationing together, visits to family living outside of California, or an exciting De Lucchi road trip. Dave’s lifelong passion, which was instilled, nurtured, and carried on through generations of his family, was duck hunting and all things waterfowl. His grandfather started the duck hunting tradition which was carried on by his Dad, uncle and great-uncles, brothers, and cousins, along to his own children. The “Duck Club” is the universal name for the land, flyways, duck blinds and family houses, located at the base of the Sutter Buttes in the Butte Sink, also known as “Tule Patch,” and “Uncle Fred’s.” Bringing Dom and Marina to the Duck Club and teaching them from the earliest ages about duck hunting, including how to call and hunt ducks, proper gun safety, and conservation, was not just what Dave did - it is who he was in his soul. With any mention of the “Duck Club,” Dave’s face would beam the well-known smile of his that could light up any room. Everything from spending time as a family at the Duck Club, to discovering a unique bird tag from a recent hunt, to Dom’s exceptional bird calling, or when Marina won a lifetime duck hunting license were absolute thrills for Dave. Having his yellow-lab Gunner Ray De Lucchi De Quacker by his side in the blind, intensely watching and waiting to retrieve birds, added to the fun and excitement. In addition to duck hunting, Dave had a strong fondness for cars, especially Chevys and muscle cars. Over the years he ventured to Hot August Nights in Reno many times to check out the wide variety of cars on display. Along with his Dad and brothers, he admired their family car collection and often could be found in the family “shop” repairing one of their trucks, rebuilding their two-tone ’55 Chevy, working on his green ’68 El Camino or simply digging the sound of the revving engines. Dave always enjoyed driving the kids around town or to school dances in one of those classic cars. Following graduation from Mills High School, Class of ’88, Dave utilized his knowledge and developed his skills training with Volvo in the early years of his career. Dave established a successful twenty-year career with Union Pacific Railroad in Roseville and excelled in his position as Senior Manager. Dave was a natural leader who truly led by example. Colleagues at UP regarded Dave with high esteem for his leadership. He duly earned the respect and trust of those who worked with him in Roseville and across all levels of the UP establishment from California to the corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska through his demeaner, diligence, fair-mindedness, knowledge, and hard work. One of the most exciting and memorable experiences with UP that Dave talked about often was being part of a team deployed on a locomotive fitted with Union Pacific’s legendary rotary snowplow. The mission was to remove massive snowfall and clear the tracks for trains travelling over the summit of Donner Pass. For several days, Dave and his team worked high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains ensuring safe passage for trains traveling to California. He loved the challenge of that adventure and was amazed by the 100-year-old technology and capability of the locomotive teamed with the massive blades of the snowplow that together moved mountains of snow. Dave will always remain larger than life in the memories of his family and friends. We will forever think of him entering a room with his shoulders strong and proud and perpetual broad smile on his face. Following De Lucchi family tradition, you can honor Dave through a toast with a quality Manhattan, glass of a nice red wine or cold beer.

Wings of Grace If it seems that I am far away on this Empty and solemn day Just open your heart and know it’s true That I am still right here with you. If during the day things are going wrong Please don’t feel sad and alone Just open your heart and know it’s true That I am still right here with you. When night-time falls and the day is done If you are feeling alone and sleep won’t come Just open your heart and know it’s true That I am still right here with you. Close your eyes, and feel the warm embrace Sleep peacefully in the wings of grace If sadness finds you in the morning light If you feel alone, don’t give up trying Hold this feather close and know it’s true That I am always here with you. By, Julie Johnson

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Nicole Morris

January 24, 2021

I worked with Dave at UP, my condolences to the family.

Trinette Oliver

January 23, 2021

I became part of the family in the late 80s. When my dad married Teresa. Right away we loved the family gatherings, some of my favorite times were holiday family parties especially Christmas, Aunty Kathy hosted them alot at her house especially when gramma Tess was alive, the family always welcomed us and made us feel like we were family too. David, Michael and Steven were always kind and welcoming, especially since they were close to my brother and I's ages. He will be greatly missed, My heart goes out to his family, especially Denise and his kids, as well as Aunty Kathy, Dave and his brothers, he left a hole that is immeasurable. God bless RIP, and again I send my heart felt condolences, my love and prayers.

Bill Herbert

January 22, 2021

My deepest condolences to the Delucchi family, friends and coworkers.
Our heads are bowed in sorrow and our hearts are heavy with grief.
I had the pleasure of working with and for Dave, during our time together, with the Reliability Team, at work.
Dave was not just a manager...he was one of the guys. He'd walked in the same shoes, we've all worn, to get here. Dave could listen to what you had to say and be able to give good advice...no matter it be about the job or just lifes happenings. He was a young man, but was wise for his years.
One memory I can share, is a work trip to Paso Robles, for state emissions certification...two days of intense training, with a binder as thick as the (railroaders know) FRA code regulations book. Dave took us all aside, the day of the certification test and encouraged us all to believe in ourselves and the abilities we'd all attained up to this day. He was a great leader...all of us passed, including Dave. The team celebrated our win, that evening, with some fine Paso Robles wines, to end a perfect day.
So, I raise my glass one last time to a good man and great human being...thank you Dave, for being you.

Sincerely, Bill Herbert

Jim Szemenyei

January 22, 2021

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I still remember the hunt we had at the club in maxwell, l believe it was the first late goose hunt that was an awesome hunt. What made it so memorable for me was how excited Dave was through the whole hunt, and kept talking about it through the day. RIP Dave

James Ahern

January 21, 2021

Dear De Lucchi Family:
Please accept our condolences with the passing of David, Jr. He will be in our thoughts and prayers. The tribute video reflected what a wonderful son, father, brother, uncle, and friend he was to all who knew him. Memories of David will be an everlasting blessing.
James and Marilynn Ahern

Terry and Donna Mitchell

January 21, 2021

We were devastated when we learned of Dave’s passing. He was one of the nicest guys we’ve ever met, always willing to help, always with a smile. Oh, that smile! He will be missed by so many whose lives he touched.
We met Dave and Denise when they were newlyweds and bought the house nextdoor in Rocklin. We watched with joy as their family grew, first with Dom, then Marina. We kind of adopted the family and Terry thought of Dave as his son. They often joined us for our Christmas Eve party, and celebrated many birthdays together, especially for Denise’s and Terry’s together in late July. I will tell you it nearly broke our hearts when they told us they had bought another house and were moving. But we always kept in touch and got together a few times. We’d hoped to see them this summer, but weren’t able to because of Covid. It hurts that Covid has changed our lives forever now.
To Denise, Dom, Marina and the entire family, may God give you strength during your grief. Know that you are in the prayers of so many people.

Randy Van Dusen

January 21, 2021

Dave was truly one of the funniest, most kind and most generous people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have some of the best memories hanging out with Dave working on hot rods, going to car shows and drag racing..... maybe even some sketchy nights out on a dark two lane road doing some street racing(this was well before I became a cop! Lol). I will always remember Dave’s sense of humor, his incredible knowledge of cars, his love of family and his infectious smile. We will miss Dave and are so sad he is gone but will always remember what an amazing man and father he was.

Linda DeVille

January 21, 2021

My dearest Denise, Dominic, and Marina,
I am so sad at the loss of your husband and your dad. When I look back I remember you as young teenagers, and all the kids sharing holidays. Dave was a strong and caring man who always shared his love and compassion with all of us. We will miss him terribly, but we will never forget.

With love,
Auntie Linda

Jill (Bayless) Poole

January 21, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you, DeLucchi family. I’m beyond heartbroken for you, David was always such a joy to be around. I have so many cherished memories of us growing up together. I love you all and am thinking of you always. ❤️

Ron Busalacchi

January 21, 2021

Thoughts and Prayers and my sincerest condolonces to the Delucchi Family.. I share and am grateful to you all for many fond memories at the family Duck Clubs.. RIP Dave

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